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    The Crescent City celebrates music, food, drink, and uninhibited sexuality. It's one big, swinging 24/7 gay-friendly party—and a hotbed of new boutiques, art galleries, funky restaurants, quaint cafés, and quieter bo-ho gayborhoods. And it's liberally sprinkled with rich multiethnic influences and fascinating history.

    Where to Stay

    The French Quarter's the most popular spot for round-the-clock, round-the-corner action. Cross the canal for the trendier, shinier Warehouse/Arts District. Or go low-key and laid-back in the bohemian Marigny neighborhood.

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    Things to Do

    • Discover the birthplace of Dixieland jazz with a live impromptu performance at Preservation Hall.
    • Take a theatrical 2-1/2 hour walking Gay New Orleans Heritage Tour through the lively and colorful French Quarter and other relevant sites.
    • Check out the magical potions and fascinating traditions at the Historic Voodoo Museum.
    • Stroll the riverfront and visit the first-rate Aquarium of the Americas.


    Breakfast beignets at Café du Monde, an afternoon at Audubon Zoo, dinner at a quaint café, and nightcaps in the French Quarter. Repeat as needed.


    The gay spirit is wild, free, and everywhere in New Orleans, birthplace of the dawn-till-dawn party. There's plenty of live music and action on Bourbon Street, where you can also cruise the leather/Levi scene. Venture to Marigny to kick back with a hookah on a cushy couch. Or roll the dice at Harrah's Casino.

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